Brussels Airport, Turkish Airlines, Flexport and Oman Aviation Services have become new Strategic Partners for The International Air Cargo Association's sustainability programme.

The four join CHAMP Cargo Systems, sponsors of TIACA’s inaugural Sustainability Award, which is a key part of the project.

The programme, headed by Celine Hourcade, TIACA’s new Project Manager, was launched this summer with the aim of driving sustainability goals within the air cargo industry.“There is an important need for action rather than just words when it comes to sustainability,” Hourcade commented. “As an industry, we must learn to be proactive rather than just reactive, and TIACA is in a unique position to make things happen, as we bring together all of the stakeholders in the air cargo industry. We can act as single voice to lobby and unite the industry with shared commitments and global targets.”

TIACA will support organisations across the globe to define their own sustainability strategies and action plans, as well as to track and celebrate progress, share best practices and communicate industry achievements.

TIACA and its strategic partners will be working until the end of the year to design the sustainability programme and agree on action points.

The first ‘virtual’ working group for the new programme will take place in October, with the first face-to-face meeting to be held in Budapest, Hungary, on November 18, the day before TIACA’s Executive Summit.

The goal of the new TIACA Sustainability Award, meanwhile, is to promote and reward ideas that are contributing, or will contribute, to making air cargo more sustainable. The deadline for entries is the September 30 and three finalists will present their ideas at the summit, November 19-21.

TIACA has pledged to organise at least one Sustainability Panel at each of its events, starting with panels on November 20 at the Executive Summit.